Hurricane Isaac made two landfalls in southeastern Louisiana this week, first on Tuesday night and then again Wednesday morning. The landfalls came less than 12 hours apart, and both occurred while Isaac was still a Category 1 hurricane.
As thousands of people hunkered down in anticipation of the storm, NASA's GOES-13 satellite watched the whole thing unfold from 22,000 miles overhead. The video below shows its bird's-eye view from Aug. 27, when Isaac was just leaving the Caribbean, through its two Louisiana landfalls on Aug. 28 and 29:
Early reports indicate Isaac caused significant damage in Louisiana, with 11-foot storm surges breaching at least one levee south of New Orleans. Earlier in the week, the storm killed dozens of people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic on its way to the U.S. Gulf Coast. While no deaths have been reported in the U.S. as of Wednesday morning, it has nonetheless been a harrowing way to mark the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region on Aug. 29, 2005.
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